|A meeting of the Executive
Committee of the United States Sailing Association was held by
telephone conference at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday,
December 19, 2000. President Dave Rosekrans presided, and
Secretary Sarah Alger recorded the minutes.
- Roll Call and Introduction of Guests.
All members of the Executive Committee were present.
Also present were Executive Director Terry Harper and, at
the invitation of the President, Board members Patty
Lawrence and Darline Hobock.
- Approval of Minutes. The
minutesof the November 21, 2000 meeting of the Executive
Committee were approved as distributed before the meeting.
- Budget Report. Staff and the Budget
Committee are working on analyzing US SAILING spending and
revenue over time to better understand cash flow trends.
- President's Remarks. President
Rosekrans reported that he is excited about several of US
SAILING's outreach programs, particularly the Sailing Smart
and Camp Counselor programs briefly discussed later in the
minutes. In the past month, he also attended the USOC
board meeting, and found that USOC is in a difficult state
of transition. He also participated in a recent US
SAILING Olympic Sailing committee meeting, which included
three Olympians, that was very productive and positive.
- Treasurer's Report. Cynthia
Leary Johnson, the new financial manager, is on board and
getting up to speed. Good news: to date, US SAILING
has not had to touch its operating reserves or additional
line of credit.
- Executive Director's Report.
* Membership -
Mr. Harper noted that the membership report was faxed
to committee members. Reprogramming the membership
accommodate multi-year payments of individual membership
dues is on
track. Renewal letters will advise members that they
can renew before
1 for $40 for one year. After March 1, the new
multi-year rates will
regardless of when a member is scheduled to renew.
* Audit - The
auditors are currently doing their field work. So far,
issues have surfaced.
* Staff Changes
- Cynthia Leary Johnson, the new Financial Manager,
December 11. Tim Rossi has joined the Membership
effective December 19. Training Director Janine Ahmed
to look for someone to fill the Keelboat Program Manager
Finally, Walter Green will be leaving January 12.
- Olympic Sailing Committee
* Transition of
Paralympic Responsibility to OSC - Efforts are
underway with the Sailors with Special Needs
Committee to move
responsibility for the development of the US Disabled
Sailing Team to the
Olympic Sailing Committee, and a proposal has been drafted.
change will enable a number of synergies with the Olympic
staff. Paul Callahan has accepted a position on the
the OSC, providing a Paralympic voice. It was noted
that it is very
important for disabled sailors to be a part of the
mainstream of sailing, and
change will help support that. It also was noted that
only the elite
team is moving to Olympic Sailing. Formal approval of
proposal by the Executive Committee will be requested once
Special Needs Committee has reviewed and approved it.
* A motion was moved, seconded and approved to support
move Paralympic Sailing Team development to the Olympic
* Status of
Compliance Issues - Ted Everingham and Fred Hagedorn are
"plain English" description of the athlete
for use by committee chairs. Committees that must have
representation are listed in the bylaws. Fred Hagedorn
small group be established to work with the committee chairs
which of their members qualify as athletes. Then the
will vote on the committee lists via email. The staff
developing a comprehensive list of which evens qualify
described as athletes.
* Discussion Regarding the
Selection of International Teams
Offshore) - Currently, the Olympic Sailing Committee
the selection of
the international teams except for Youth Worlds and
Because the expertise needed to support the Youth Worlds
lies within the
OSC, it has been proposed that selection responsibility be
moved from the
Youth Championship Committee to the OSC, and that the
representative to the Board be a member of the Executive
of the OSC.
President Rosekrans noted that through the multihull
committee, US SAILING
has been working on establishing a selection event|
for the new ISAF Youth
Worlds event for multihulls.
- Sailing Smart - Establishment of
this program to introduce sailing to kids is"
moving forward. US SAILING will receive a royalty of
$1.50 on each "Sailing
Smart" book that is sold.
- Camp Counselor program - Discussions
among staff and volunteers as to the most effective method
for implementing this program operationally are continuing.
This outreach program involves a joint effort with the Coast
Guard and others.
- Working Parties
- Working Parties were established by President Rosekrans as
* Advertising Code - to study
the new advertising code and recommend a
course of action
for US SAILING to follow. Dick Hanneman - Chairman,
Stann Betts, Bruce Eissner, Bill Keith, Dan Nowlan - Staff
Cook - Advisor.
* Strategic Planning - to
review the Strategic Objectives for possible changes
and update the
Priority Goals. Mike Schoettle - Chairman. It
Executive Committee as a whole will act as the Strategic
The Executive Committee voted to schedule an all-day, one-
beginning on the Thursday before the spring meeting to
goals for US
* Bylaws - to consider
suggested bylaw changes and, when appropriate,
recommendations regarding changes. Ted Everingham -
Suggestions may come from anyone, however the past
Presidents of US
SAILING will be solicited for their thoughts.
- US SAILING's Image - There was
discussion about the image of US SAILING.
President Rosekrans agreed to appoint a Public Relations
Working part to explore this issue.
- Unfinished Business
* Committee Nominations
* A motion was made, seconded, and approved to
accept the following
nominations for the Alter Cup Committee: Steve Leo -
Beach, CA; Mike Grandfield, Brookline, MA; Mark
Beach, CA; Bill Jolley, Niceville, FL; Darline
Hobock, Tulsa, OK.
* Dues Change - US SAILING
is on target for implementing the new dues
individual adults effective March 1.
* Prince of Wales National Match
Racing Championship - Discussion
was deferred to
January; a report will be sent in advance of the next
* Appeals of protest Committee
decisions - Discussion of draft changes
that would enable
appeals of protest committee decisions made under rule
69.1 to go to the
Article 14 Review Board was deferred to January.
* Rules Changes - President
Rosekrans reported that it was necessary to
consider the process by
which the Executive Committee would review and
Prescriptions to the Racing Rules of Sailing, proposed
submissions to ISAF for
changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, and
for the ISAF Match Race Call Book, ISAF Team
Race Call Book, and
ISAF Case Book.
* A motion was made, seconded, and unanimously
carried that a
working party consisting of Charley Cook, Ted Everingham and
Hagedorn review any such submissions, make recommendations
the Executive Committee, and serve as the Executive
nominees to the Conference Committee provided for in
6.10 with respect to proposed prescriptions. The
working party will
continue its role through the 2001 ISAF Annual Conference.
- Offshore - Bruce Eissner reported
that a new system for Safety at Sea education, which
requires programs category 0 and 1 to be approved by the Offshore
Committee, is under development. Dan Nowlan, Ralph
Naranjo, Glenn McCarthy and Bruce Eissner will review the
programs. Individuals must be US SAILING members to
participate; certification of participants will be through
US SAILING. Offshore also is exploring web-based or
partially web-based education programs. Finally, a
revised offshore budget is being developed.
- Upcoming Events - The National Sail
Programs Symposium will be held January 17-20 in San Diego.
Joni Palmer, under teh leadership of Glen Brandenburg, Rich
Jepson and Mike Schoettle, has put together an excellent
program. There also will be a great advanced coaching
Guests Patty Lawrence and Darline Hobock signed off.
Article 14 AND RRS 69 Matters -
The Executive Committee and the Executive
continued in executive session respecting Article 14 and RRS 69
Summaries were sent in advance.
Executive Session - Mr. Harper
was excused, and the Executive Committee
continued in executive session.
The meeting adjourned at 10:07 p.m. (Eastern Time).
The next meeting will be by
telephone conference call at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on
January 23, 2001.